Confession: I'm not the biggest fan of cold potato salad. I think i'm the only person in the south that feels that way. I'm learning to love it. My family on the other hand loves it. I decided to compromise. I'd make a potato salad for them and add bacon and ranch for me.
Bacon- Ranch Potato Salad:
2 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
1 (12 ounce) package sliced bacon
1 ½ cups sour cream
½ cup + 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1 bunch green onions, chopped
¼ red onion, minced
1 pinch Italian seasoning
2 tablespoons ranch salad dressing
Place the potatoes into a large pot and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until tender enough to pierce with a fork. Drain, cool enough to handle, and cut into cubes.
Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until browned and crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Reserve bacon grease.
In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sour cream, mayonnaise, mustard, green onions, red onion, Italian seasoning and ranch dressing. Crumble the bacon into the bowl and pour half of the reserved bacon grease over all. Stir gently until everything is evenly distributed.
Refrigerate over night for the best flavor.
For reals... this is amazing. I love it and I have spread the bacon-ranch potato salad love to my friends and family. :)